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  • Bloemaert (Abraham), 1564-1651

    [Amsterdam], Nicolaus Visscher excudit, Cum Privilegio Ordinum Hollandiae et Westfrisiae, after 1682
    An early issue of Abraham Bloemaert’s widely disseminated model book for student draughtsmen, presenting figure compositions and studies of the parts of the body, and a dozen similar examples of domesticated animals.
  • Glama Ströberle (João), 1708-1792

    Rome, c. 1734-1742
    Three volumes, I (227 × 167 mm): 80 ff. (of which 40 ff. are blank). II (220 × 132 mm): 93 ff. (of which 4 ff. are blank). III (188 × 130 mm): 55 ff., and three sheets loosely inserted. Contemporary vellum over pasteboards.

    Provenance: Almirante Carlos Braga, Porto (c. 1940) – auction conducted by Livraria Manuel Ferreira, “Biblioteca do Dr. José Joaquim de Oliveira Bastos”, Porto, 4 November 2008, lot 2.

    Three sketchbooks of a young Portuguese artist in early Settecento Rome, successively a pupil there of Marco Benefial (1684-1764) and Agostino Masucci (1691-1768). They contain drawings after antiquities (or studio casts of antique sculpture); drapery studies; figure studies (a few possibly from live models, but no nudes are present); drawn copies of paintings by Old Masters (notably Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican Loggie, works located by Glama Ströberle in the Colonna Gallery, and “in the house” of his teacher, Marco Benefial); drawn copies of other studio materials, notably topographical drawings or prints (of Pisa, Siena, Mallorca, etc.), together with views of Rome probably made from direct observation; and portrait sketches (both of his teachers were prolific portrait painters). Some drawings record Glama Ströberle’s own compositions; annotations placed next to these relate the criticisms and contributions of Benefial and Masucci. At the front of one sketchbook (here designated, Sketchbook [I]), Glama Ströberle writes that his “main reason for compiling this book” was to “show the large difference that exists between my first and only teacher in Rome [Benefial] and the one who followed … him” [Masucci].

    Sketchbook [I] contains a valuable, autobiographical statement. Glama Ströberle writes that he studied in Lisbon for six years with Francisco Vieira Lusitano and “various masters”, and went to Rome with the encouragement of the sculptor Caetano Pace “Romano” and financial assistance from his father, arriving there on 18 October 1734. Vieira Lusitano advised him to study with Marco Benefial, and he states that he received Benefial’s instruction for seven years, supported by the patronage of Jose Maria da Fonseca e Évora (minister for Portugal in Rome, Dom Joao V’s principal agent in the commission of works of art for Mafra). In 1741, Évora returned to Portugal (to become Bishop of Porto), and about the same time Glama Ströberle’s father died, causing Glama Ströberle to return to Portugal. While there, he found a new patron in Alexandre de Gusmão, a former special envoy to the Vatican, perhaps not incidentally a collector of paintings by Vieira Lusitano, and two months later Glama Ströberle was back in Rome. According to Glama Ströberle’s statement, De Gusmão stipulated that he become a student of Agostino Masucci, the past Principe (1736-1738) of the Accademia di San Luca, and in 1741 one of the leading painters in Rome.

    This autobiographical statement supplements (and corrects) the notices of Glama Ströberle written by Machado, an eighteenth-century painter who chronicled the lives of his fellow artists (Collecçao de memorias relativas às vidas dos pintores, printed 1823) and Saraiva (Lista de alguns artistas Portuguezes, printed 1839, his entry based on an unpublished memoir by João Chiape, who had been a pupil of Glama Ströberle). Several biographical details given by Gerardo Casale, “Rapporti tra l’Accademia di San Luca e i Portoghesi a Roma” in Giovanni V di Portogallo (1707-1750) e la cultura romana del suo tempo (Rome 1995), pp.377-384, are proved erroneous: for instance, a claim that Glama Ströberle arrived in Rome in 1720.

    Most – if not all – the drawings in sketchbook [I] appear to be original compositions of Glama Ströberle: a series of seventeen episodes from the Old Testament, executed in pen and ink and wash; twelve scenes from classical mythology, similarly executed; five studies executed in red chalk; and three more finished compositions in pen and ink and wash. These drawings date from 1734 until circa 1742 (i.e. during Glama Ströberle’s period of study under Benefial). Sketchbook [II] is inscribed “begun in the year 1741” and contains copies of paintings (or bozzetti) which Glama Ströberle locates in Benefial’s studio (“em sua casa particular”), views of Rome, Naples, Civitavecchia, Pisa and other cities in Italy, and drawings made in Portugal during Glama Ströbele’s brief visit in 1741. Other drawings in the same sketchbook perhaps were made after his final return home, such as one of the “Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira” and another of the church of Saint John Facundo at Vinhais, which has a lengthy caption added in September 1777. Sketchbook [III] likewise is a mixture of Roman and Portuguese drawings and inscriptions (including comparisons of the measurements of the cathedrals of Porto and Braga), none precisely dated.

    The three sketchbooks first came to notice in 1940, when interest focused on the topographical views of Portugal, and in particular on “Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira” (II, f. 71 recto): that sheet was featured in Portucale: revista ilustrada de cultura, literária, scientifia, e artistica 13 (January-February 1940), and again in Arquivo do Distrito de Aveiro 8 (1942). Two other sheets were published by Pedro Vitorino, “Museus, Galerias e Colecções XXV. Álbuns de artistas” in Revista de Guimares 53 (January-June 1943). The sketchbooks are next mentioned by Jorge de Mello Azevedo, “O Pintor João Glama Stroeberle: Esboço biográfico e crítico” in Boletim da Academia Portuguesa de Ex-Libris 9 (January 1964), pp.1-11; Paula Mesquita Santos, “Croquis, academias e outros estudos de João Glama no Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga” in Vária escrita: cadernos do Gabinete de Estudos Históricos e Documentais 8 (2001), pp.161-189, where (p.171 no. 2985) a drawing of “Apollo and Daphne” in Lisbon is compared to one included here ([I], f.29 recto).
  • Mosman, Nicolas, 1727-1787

    Rome, c. 1755-1765

    A series of forty-four large chalk drawings (circa 482/525 × 345/360 mm) of exemplary antique statues in Rome, perhaps executed for an English patron, or with a view toward eventual publication in England, as they are scaled in both English piedi and Roman palmi. Nicolas Mosman is known chiefly by a set of drawings of paintings in Roman collections, produced between 1764 and 1787 for Brownlow Cecil, 9th Earl of Exeter. In Rome, Mosman was linked socially and professionally with the painter Mengs, the archaeologist Winckelmann, the painter-dealer Thomas Jenkins, and the restorer Bartolomeo Cavaceppi. His selection of sculpture reflects the revaluation of antique sculpture then being undertaken by Mengs and Winckelmann, and the commercial transactions of Jenkins and Cavaceppi. In addition to the narrow canon of masterpieces established by Mengs, Mosman documents recent additions to the Capitoline collection (purchases by Clement XII from the Albani and Odescalchi collections, and by Benedict XIV from the D'Este collection and from digger-dealers), and sculptures within the Barberini, Borghese, Casali, Farnese, Giustiniani, Ludovisi, Medici, Pighini, Spada, and Verospi family collections recently lauded by Winckelmann. Four drawings depict antique sculptures restored by Bartolomeo Cavaceppi and introduced onto the market in 1754/1755, 1764, 1766/1768 respectively; another two are of modern sculptures: a bronze statue of Mercury by Guglielmo della Porta in the Palazzo Farnese and a marble statue of Santa Susanna by François Duquesnoy in S. Maria di Loreto. The drawings were mounted on album leaves in the nineteenth century, when a title-leaf and a contents-leaf were supplied, and the sheets numbered sequentially in ink. The date “1755” in the title perhaps was found on a portfolio that previously held the loose sheets; it could be the date of the earliest drawing, made soon after Mosman's arrival in Rome.

  • Dumont (Gabriel-Pierre-Martin), 1720-1791

    [Paris], 1762
    Drawing, executed in pencil and brown wash, the tablet at left drawn on an overlay with an indistinct pencil inscription, laid within a black ink border to a sheet of 18th-century paper, 198 × 360 mm.

    An interior view of the “Temple des Arts”, a monument honouring Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture on a triangular plan, where each one of the arts has a temple connected to the central one of Taste. “It is hard to prove the exact function of Dumont’s sanctuary, but it may have been conceived as a building for discussions on the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, a kind of academy of fine arts” (Marcin Fabiański).

  • Albertolli (Giocondo), 1742-1839

    Milan, Giocondo Albertolli, [1782]-1787-1796 (but probably issued c. 1796)
    A series of influential works documenting both interior decoration completed by Giocondo Albertolli and ornament he had observed on his travels around Italy. One of the most important taste-makers of his day, Albertolli was the professor of drawing and ornament in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, where he taught his own brand of neoclassicism to an entire generation, from the founding of the academy in 1776 until 1812. These three works – together with a Corso elementare di ornamenti architettonici, a suite of twenty-eight plates published in 1805 – became the “principale strumento didattico a disposizione degli allievi della scuola d’ornato” (Giuseppe Beretti), and further spread Albertolli’s ideas in Italy and abroad.

    Bound with Albertolli, Giocondo. Alcune decorazioni di nobili sale ed altri ornamenti di Giocondo Albertolli Professore nella Reale Accademia delle Belle Arti in Milano Incisi da Giacomo Mercoli e da Andrea de Barnardis MDCCLXXXVII.
    Bound with Albertolli, Giocondo. Miscellanea per i giovani studiosi del disegno pubblicata da Giocondo Albertolli Professore Nella Reale Accademia delle Belle Arti in Milano L’Anno MDCCXCVI. Parte terza. Si ritrova presso allo stesso Albertolli in Milano.

  • Accademia di Belle Arti (Milan)

    Milan, Stamperia Reale, 1812
    A fine binding by Luigi Lodigiani of Milan (1777-1843) on a volume issued in 1812 by the Milanese Academy of fine arts, in which the prize-winners in the annual students’ competitions (architecture, painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing) are published, together with a catalogue of the display of the academicians’ production, the texts of two discorsi: one delivered by the Secretary of the Academy and Professor of Architecture, Giuseppe Zanoia (1752-1817), the other by Luigi Rossi, “Ispettore generale della Direzione di pubblica Istruzzione” (1776-1824), and a list of the forty-five members of the Academy, headed by the Viceroy of Italy, Eugène de Beauharnais (1781-1824). The Discorsi of the Milan academy was published annually from 1806. Another volume in the series (commemorating the competition held in 1810), bound by Lodigiani for Eugène de Beauharnais using the same armorial block, and also bearing Lodigiani’s ticket, was in the Mortimer L. Schiff collection (sale 1938, lot 1496); a third volume (for 1813), using the same armorial block, but without a ticket, was recently in the Paris trade (Librairie Laurent Coulet, Catalogue 39, 2008, item 57).
  • Norry (Charles), 1756-1832

    [Paris?], c. 1824
    An album of architectural drawings of the Palazzo Mancini and the Villa Medici, successive homes of the Académie de France in Rome. The first two drawings are plans of the ground floor and top floor of Palazzo Mancini, indicating respectively the instructional rooms and the lodgings of the pensionnaires, as implemented in 1784. In 1793, the Academy departed Palazzo Mancini, and was homeless until relocated in 1803 in the Villa Medici. The remaining ten drawings are plans, sections, and elevations of the Villa Medici, constituting a survey undertaken in 1817 by the architect Charles Norry, assisted by his elder son and pupil, Charles-Désiré Norry (1796-1818), and by Lucien-Tyrté Van Cleemputte (1795-1871).
  • De Dominici (Bernardo), 1684-1750

    Naples, Tipografia Trani, 1840-1846
    Four volumes (23 cm), I (1840): ix (3), 384 pp. II (1843): 412 (2) pp. III (1844): 588 (2) pp. IV (1846): 664 pp. Uniformly bound in early 20th century Italian patterned-paper boards (upper cover of original printed wrappers retained in each volume). ¶ Exlibris Massimo Listri. Backs sunned and lightly waterstained; occasional internal foxing.
  • Thieme (Ulrich), 1865-1922; Becker (Felix), 1864-1928

    Leipzig, E.A. Seemann, 1907-1950
    Thirty-seven volumes (27 cm), uniformly bound in half-morocco (a collector’s binding). - Original edition of this magisterial dictionary of artists, “a milestone for scholarly biographical art publishing” (Dictionary of Art Historians). It was started by Ulrich Thieme in 1898, with the intention of continuing a similar enterprise undertaken by Julius Meyer in 1872, which had ceased after three volumes. Becker withdrew from the project in 1910, owing to ill health; volumes 3-13, were edited by Thieme alone; volumes 14-15 by Thieme jointly with Frederick Charles Willis (b. 1883); and volumes 16-36 were edited by Hans Vollmer (1878-1969). Until 1921, when the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft took over the project, it was financed entirely from Thieme and Becker’s private resources. Contact with more than 300 contributors was maintained despite the disruption of two World Wars; incredibly, three volumes were issued during the second War. A British air raid in 1944 destroyed the remaining stock of copies and ever since good sets of the original edition have been difficult to procure. ¶ Fine set.
  • Nagler (Georg Kaspar), 1801-1866

    Leipzig, Schwarzenberg & Schumann, [1924]
    Twenty-five volumes (23 cm), uniformly bound in burgundy cloth, backs lettered in gilt, green paper endleaves. - Facsimile reprint of the edition 1835-1852. ¶ From the reference library of Fiametta Olschki-Witt; sale by Bloomsbury Book Auctions, London, 5 October 1995, lot 135: £340. Some shelf-wear; a clean, unmarked and bright set.
  • Sandrart (Joachim von) 1606-1688; Peltzer (Rudolf Arthur), 1873-1955, editor

    Munich, G. Hirth, 1925
    (30 cm), 445 (3) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s black cloth, lettered in gilt on cover and spine. - First edition (reprinted Farnborough: Gregg 1971). ¶ Unidentified bookplate: Exlibris GW, signed with artists’ initials “gy”.
  • Saxl (Fritz), 1890-1948; Wittkower (Rudolf), 1901-1971

    London, Council for Encouragement of Music and the Arts, 1943
    (24.5 cm), (6) 112 (16) pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Catalogue of an exhibition displaying photographs (rather than original art objects) on the theme of England’s cultural and artistic relationship with the European continent, from prehistory to end of the 19th century, a demonstration of the organisers’ (Fritz Saxl and Rudolf Wittkower) “Warburgian” methodological perspective. “Third impression, 1943”. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
  • Renaissance Society of America

    Austin (latterly New York), University of Texas Press (latterly, Renaissance Society of America, 1954-2009
    Fifty-two annual volumes (23 cm), bound in collector’s blue cloth (as 31 volumes) and publisher’s wrappers (18 volumes). - A fine run of the journal of the Renaissance Society of America. Founded in 1954, following the dissolution of the ACLS Committee on Renaissance Studies, the Society undertook publication of Renaissance News, a quarterly newsletter published by Dartmouth College Library for the American Council of Learned Societies (volume 1, no. 1, Spring 1948). This journal was renamed Renaissance Quarterly beginning with volume 20 (1967); in 1975, the Society subsumed a separate publication, Studies in the Renaissance. Offered here are all issues of the journal published 1958-2009, together with a complete set of Studies in the Renaissance. ISSN 0081-8658 / ISSN 0277-903X. ¶ Original issues, unmarked, and in fine state of preservation. ● The issue for Winter 1996 (vol. 59, no. 4) was inadvertently omitted from our photograph; it is present in our set.
  • Schädler (Alfred), 1927-1999
    Victoria and Albert Museum (London)

    London, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1954
    (25 cm), 32 pp. 179 catalogue entries. Publisher’s buff paper wrappers; title printed in red. - Catalogue of an exhibition organized by the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. Sections on paintings and drawings; good biographical notices. ¶ Lacking separate atlas of plates, entitled Rococo art from Bavaria: illustrations from the exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum (4 pp., [6] leaves of plates).
  • Whinney (Margaret Dickens), 1897-1975; Millar (Oliver), 1923-2007

    Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1957
    (25 cm), xxi, 391 pp., frontispiece and 96 plates. Publisher’s cloth. - “A rich and fascinating volume. The theme may be stated as the reception of the Renaissance into the fabric of English art, and the interaction of foreign and native elements in this process makes an absorbing story” (from a review by Giles Robertson, in The English Historical Review, volume 73, 1958, pp.299-300). ¶ Lacks printed dust jacket; a good, unmarked copy.
  • Palazzo Reale (Turin)
    Viale (Vittorio), 1891-1977, editor

    Turin, Torino Arti grafiche Flli Pozzo-Salvati-Gros Monti e C., 1963-1964
    Three volumes (24 cm), I: xix (1), 16 (4) pp., 68 plates (5 in colour), 28 pp., 87 (3) pp., 201 plates, 56 pp., 69 plates (3 in colour). II: 128 pp., 238 plates (11 in colour), 59 (1) pp., 86 plates, 28 pp., 36 plates (6 in colour).III: 27 (1) pp., 417 plates (5 in colour), 16 pp., 34 plates (7 in colour), 7 (1) pp., 56 plates (9 in colour), 8 pp., 64 plates (8 in colour), 32 pp., 72 plates (1 in colour), 28 pp., 19 plates (2 in colour), 44 pp., 20 plates, 10, 9 (3) pp. Publisher’s laminated pictorial wrappers. - Second edition. Contents of volume I: La mostra (Vittorio Viale); Le sedi (M. Bernardi); Architettura (N. Carboneri); Scenografia (Mercedes Viale Ferrero). Volume II: Pittura (Andreina Griseri); Scultura (Luigi Mallè: Arazzi (Mercedes Viale Ferrero). Volume III: Mobili e intagli (Vittorio Viale); Tessuti e ricami (Mercedes Viale Ferrero); Maioliche (Vittorio Viale); Porcellane (Vittorio Viale); Argenti (Augusto Bargoni); Libri e rilegature (Marina Bersano Begey); Monete e medaglie (Anna Serena Fava); Casa di caccia di Stupinigi: itinerario (Giovanna Grandi); Restauri a Palazzo Reale (Rosalba Amerio Tardito). The section on books and bindings in volume III comprises 175 exhibits, of which 31 are illustrated (20 of these are bookbindings). ¶ From the library of Joseph Clemens, Prinz von Bayern (1902-1990), sold by Schneider-Henn, Kunstbücher und Dokumentation aus der Bibliothek Joseph Clemens Prinz von Bayern, Munich, 11-12 May 1992, lot 1619. Very good, unmarked copy.
  • Waterhouse (Ellis Kirkham), 1905-1965

    Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, 1965
    (25 cm), xii, 77 (1) pp., 20 illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - The author argues that a sea-change in English painting during this period – “a movement away from the honest style of Hogarth towards an arrogant and artificial style” – reflects “what was happening on the larger historical stage of the time, and echo[s] a state of mind prevalent in England, which helped to trigger the American Revolution”. The Jayne Lectures, delivered in 1964 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: “The bourgeois sentimental decade: 1740-1750”, “Light from Italy: 1750-1760”, and “The grand style: 1760-1770s”. ¶ Trivial stain on dust jacket; otherwise a fine, unmarked copy.
  • Arslan (Edoardo), 1988-1969
    Mansuelli (Giudo), general editor

    Milan, Tipografia Artipo, 1966
    Two volumes (24.5 cm), I: xx, 793 (3) pp., including portrait, text illustrations. II: xxxviii (2) pp., [114] plates (figs.1-609). Uniform publisher’s grey cloth, title lettered on upper covers; printed dust jackets; original plain card slipcase. - Contributions by 95 authors, including Giulio Carlo Argan, Creighton Gilbert, Lionello Puppi, Michelangelo Muraro, Otto Benesch, John Pope-Hennessy, Peter Murray, Philip Pouncey, Henry Millon, Terisio Pignatti. ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.
  • Williams (Eunice), born 1940; Coolidge (John); Mongan (Agnes), 1905-1996, compilers
    Wildenstein & Company (New York)

    Cambridge, MA, Harvard College, 1968
    (27 cm), 24, [54] pp., 53 p. of black & white illustrations, 4 colour plates. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - An well-annotated catalogue of 69 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, not all “Baroque” (works by Fragonard, Greuze, and Robert - all of whom died in the 19th century - are included). Included are a drawing by Pietro da Cortona for Ferrari’s De florum cultura (1633), copies of Goltzius’s De re numaria (1708) and the Aedes Barberinae ad Quirinali (Rome 1642). Printed at the Stinehour Press and The Meriden Gravure Company. ¶ Several pencil annotations. Good copy.
  • Warburg Institute (London)

    London, Warburg Institute, 1968-2004
    Thirty-seven volumes bound as 32 (26.5 or 27.5 cm), vols. 31-47 bound as 12 volumes in collector’s cloth, thereafter as issued in original wrappers. - A long run of JWCI, an annual publication that declares its mission to publish “new research of a documentary and analytical character, in the field of cultural and intellectual history”.

    Offered with Author index and index of principal subjects, vols. 1-37 (1975), 32 pp. Publisher’s self-wrappers. Author index and index of principal subjects, vols. 1-50 (1987), (2) 26 pp. Publisher’s wrappers. These author and subjects indices were compiled by John Perkins. ¶ Fine set.

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